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Berlusconi convicted in sex-for-hire trial

Sentenced to seven years in prison and barred from public office for life, Italy ex-PM says he is "utterly innocent".

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Produced by Stefano Liberti, Mario Poeta
Directed by Charlie Angela
Video Language en
Produced Jun 27, 2013
Published Jun 27, 2013
Production Company Aljazeera, Raw-News
Distributor Aljazeera

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A Milan court has handed down a seven-year jail sentence for former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was accused of having sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his powers to cover it up.

Monday's verdict brings the curtains down on a two-year court drama which focused attention on billionaire Berlusconi's alleged "bunga bunga" sex parties in his private villa outside Milan while he held the position of prime minister.

Berlusconi was also barred from public office for life, a sentence that could mean the end of his two-decade political career.

However, there are two more levels of appeal before the sentence would become final, a process that can take months.

Berlusconi holds no official position in the current Italian government, but remains influential in an uneasy cross-party coalition that emerged after inconclusive February elections.

Aljazeera/ Raw-News/ Agencies

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